Valeriy Rizayev was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He received both Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Composition from Tashkent State Conservatoire (Uzbekistan) where he studied in the class of Professor Felix Yanov-Yanovsky. Among the other teachers he studied with at the conservatoire were Svetlana Ushnurtseva (piano), Irma Malmberg (music theory and history), Tulkun Kurbanov (polyphony), Vladimir Nechayev (orchestration) and others. Valeriy participated in various competitions and festivals including “Ilkhom-XX” (Uzbekistan), Gaudeamus (The Netherlands), Jihlava festival (Czech Republic). His compositions were performed in Uzbekistan, Israel, Russia, Czech Republic, USA and Thailand. At present time, Valeriy is a member of the Theory and Composition Faculty at the College of Music, Mahidol University. Valeriy wrote a number of works in various genres including the operas Agkon and his Mother, Dali and the Woman, opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, 2 Pieces in Old Style for 14 string instruments and harpsichord, works for choir both a cappella and with various forces and other pieces. Some of his composition, such as Sleep in Heavenly Peace for symphonic band, Tango for 2 pianos (12 hands), Prelude, Interludes, Concerto(-ino) and Postlude for piano tuner, Responses for 2 woodwind quintets, Fanfares for 12 trumpets, Haiku by Matsuo Basho for mixed choir, Our Troops Cross the Bridge for wind ensemble, Sure Thing for actor, actress and two pianos were performed at the college.
1997 – Tashkent State Conservatoire – Bachelor and Master
1996 – Uzbek State University of World Languages – Bachelor and Master